Professor Seán Hand of the Department of French Studies and Dr Nicholas Monk, Deputy Director of the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL), have been named as Fellows of the Higher Educations Academy (HEA). Seán has been awarded the prestigious status of Senior Fellow for his sustained record of effectiveness in teaching and learning. Nick has been named as a National Teaching Fellow in recognition of his excellence in HE teaching and support for learning. Fellowship recognition at the HEA is designed around a Professional Standards Framework that benchmarks teaching and learning within Higher Education.
Seán's undergraduate level teaching covers literature, ideas and related developments from the late nineteenth century to the present day, in both a French and a more European context. He is currently teaching the modules Surrealism, Travel and Discovery in modern and contemporary writing in French, Representations of the Holocaust, Modern French Thinkers, and France and Globalisation. He also teaches at postgraduate level on the Departmental MA for Research. Seán supervises a wide range of Masters and PhD dissertations. He encourages applications to work under his supervision, including in the areas of contemporary French theory, ethnographic writing, globalisation theory, Holocaust and post-memory writing, autobiography, and ethics, or to be a mentored Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department.
Senior Fellows are those who in the eyes of the HEA provide evidence of a sustained record of effectiveness in teaching and learning, including in relation to the organisation, leadership and management of teaching and learning provision.
On learning of the award, Seán commented:
I am honoured to receive such a recognition, which of course reflects the collective standards and ongoing initiatives of my colleagues at Warwick and beyond."
As well as convening undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the Department of English, Nick has led on the development of IATL’s suite of interdisciplinary modules that are designed to be wholly ‘cross-faculty’, meaning any undergraduate student from any department at Warwick can take one or more of the modules. He also runs workshops across the University faculties for departments as diverse as Chemistry, Business, Theatre, and Sociology, and works with the Learning and Development Centre on themes such as networking, workshop facilitation, and teaching for creativity. He is supervising PhDs on both American literature and the function of emotional intelligence in business training.
The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme recognises and rewards excellent learning and teaching. The successful National Teaching Fellows were chosen from over 180 nominations submitted by higher education institutions across England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Each will receive an award of £10,000 which will be used to support their professional development in teaching and learning or aspects of pedagogy.
On hearing that he'd been named as a National Teaching Fellow, Nick said:
I’m thrilled to receive this award, of course, but it’s been a collaborative thing, and huge credit should go to my many colleagues without whose support it wouldn’t have been possible, and to the University, more broadly, which has offered me the freedom to experiment. Most importantly though, this couldn’t have happened without Warwick’s seemingly endless supply of outstanding students.”